This lecture introduced notions of digital and physical prototyping as techniques and effects as an introduction to a five day workshop exploring parametric principles and Islamic patterns. Examples from contemporary built architecture suggested how this field is expanding into practice, and the experimental work of Krets as well as selected student projects from AA Dip16 provided in depth ideas of different approaches. As the curriculum at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha covers interior design, fashion and graphic design, a particular focus was given on small scale and installation work.
I was invited b y Tim Anstey to lecture in the Architecture and Technology series for the 4th years, presenting ideas around technology as a driver for innovation. The lecture featured international references, work fromAA DIP16, as well as my own work.
Mark Burry lectured on Gaudi as part of the current Sagrada Familia exhibition at the museum (also curated by him). As always, Mark´s lecture was packed with so many interesting issues of the Sagrada Familia development, from Gaudi´s times to now. The work is certainly very relevant today, as digital tools recreate the previously unseen models of Gaudi, and production of stone is advancing through 7 axis robots (5+2). The visual material presented by Mark communicates the potential pf parametric geometries in a very legible way, of course with a focus on the very particular geometries of the cathedral. They are now moving into a part of the project that has been described very little by Gaudi, but the principles of geometry have been set to the extents that the design work can be innovative yet conceptually follow his ideas.
As this lecture coincided with the Patterns lecture the day before, we had the opportunity to meet for dinner afterwards as a SA / Arkitekturmuseet joint thing, which provided the opportunity for in depth discussions also on the more social and political aspects of the Sagrada Familia project.
I hosted Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of LA based Patterns, who lectured at the KTH School of Architecture as part of the SA lecture program. Marcelo presented their work, with an emphasis on formal development, and physical prototyping. As many other young firms, they have been able to push their work by being part of ecxhibitions, often displaying material studies of formal variation. Most recently they also curated the Matters of Sensation show at the Artists Space in New york, featuring a number of practices of their generation. I found it interesting to discuss whether they would continue to use tha exhibition/gallery space as a venue, as part of their practice, or if this is becoming obsolete as they are moving into more built work. I believe they did recognize other aspects in these venues, as part of a discourse and experimnetaion, but it was also clear that building was very much in their agenda at the moment.
This paper defines a field of operation for recently initiated research project Prototype development within architecture , through the activity of the Krets research group and by references in related fields. Key issues are how the prototype transgresses borders between design, production and performance and how it can act as a protocol of communication, internal and external to the design process.
Paper presented at the Joining Forces conference at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Part of a series of articles on new technologies for prototyping and production, presenting examples of architectural prototyping from the practices of Servo and Greg Lynn, as well as the Machinic Processes in Architectural Design. It looks into the potential of new digital rapid prototyping techniques, as well as new modes of professional operation based on those techniques.
Yearbook for the Polytechnic Society of Gothenburg